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CSPAN
Mar 9, 2011 7:00am EST
. humberto sanchez is covering this for "the national journal." thank you for being with us. set the stage. what will happen when the debates and votes and under way and noon eastern time on the senate floor. live coverage on c-span2. guest: looks like senate democrats are looking to lay down markers that show the house-pass the bill and their own democratic alternative, and neither will be able to win the 60 votes needed. and that a middle path will have to be forged in order to get through this impasse. host: $61 billion from the republican plan, $6.5 billion for the democratic plan. how the the two sides meet? guest: that is the thing. this vote also, senate democrats believe, will help push republicans off of their figure and hopefully will get them and negotiating. senate democrats are also calling for a kind of a broader discussion on the issue. these two bills on a look at current discretionary spending. democrats are hoping -- if republicans won cuts for the rest of the fiscal year, they should bring other things to the table like taxes and other entitlements provisions that they b
CSPAN
Mar 15, 2011 7:00am EDT
of the government. we look to of representatives to represent us the people in congress. i think they need to say no, we are not going to do this. if we want to recoup these billions that we gave to the rich from the bush administration, social security, they are just giving this money away. host: i want you to hang on the line if you can. i will show the viewers what defense secretary gates had to say back on february 16, a couple of days after the budget came out for 2012. they spoke about try care and the intentions behind it and what congress said on this issue back in the mid-1990s. please listen to this. when we come back, i want to get your thoughts. >> congress settle this issue in 1995. it was not free for life. they imposed a fee of $460 a year. the issue of whether it was free or not was settled by congress in 1995. once you acknowledge that there is going to be a fee, the notion that the fee would never change is nowhere in the legislation. host: are you still with us? i want to get your reaction to that. gates said once congress decided to put fees on tri-care, part
CSPAN
Mar 7, 2011 7:00am EST
open the strategic oil reserves? that is the question this morning. you can also find us on e-mail and you can also send us your comments by twitter. we will read some of those on the air this morning. this is the story from "the baltimore sun." host: echoing comments made by a number of administration officials over the last week, the white house william davies told "meet the press" that the white house is looking at the options. we will take a look of the, a few moments. should the u.s. open the oil reserves? should there be a marker of a gas price? should there be another way where that decision is made? let's go to michael on the line for independents. good morning. caller: yes, good morning. you have a great show. i have knowledge of the oil reserves. canada, 31% of u.s. oil. mexico, 28%. nigeria and venezuela, 16% each. arab world is only 4%. the oil reserves were bought during the bush administration under the iraq war clause. when president clinton went out just 20% of the oil reserves bought by bush, sr., oil fell 2/3. if he lets out just the oil glut in the iraq war, oil shou
CSPAN
Mar 23, 2011 7:00am EDT
telling us? caller: it just guarded, but the insulin is $600 a month alone. host: so this will be a big help. caller: definitely. people should just learn more about it instead of condemning it. host: you said that you would enter a high risk pools. i am curious why. caller: i have a pre-existing condition and i am 60 years old. i have a bad heart. basically the insurance companies laugh at me, total rejection. host: but billy r., vt., richard is an independent. caller: our state has just joined the exchange and allow our legislature to seriously consider a single payer. within the next week for to come up for months will be informally on the road to single payer -- within the next week or two, vt. will formally be on the road to single prayer. it is crushing the play the health insurance premiums for our employees. you go north to canada, and we see businesses that are not involving in the pain that heavy premium because it is spread out among the whole population. host: about small business owners, sim graves, the chairman of the small business committee in the house, has a piece in t
CSPAN
Mar 22, 2011 7:00am EDT
he need congressional approval? first, joining us on the phone is the middle east correspondent with "the los angeles times." where are you right now? guest: in in tripoli. host: what is the latest on the ground? guest: in the capital, it's quiet and subdued. a few hours ago, however, there was sustain anti-aircraft fire and tracer fire and this guy -- trace of a fire in the sky. the loud noises of missile strikes in the distance. we were not sure what the targets were. according to government officials, targets included airports and harbors. they say they were civilian targets, but there's evidence they have military uses, as well. host: there have been reports in the paper and the associated press has been reporting, as well, that the no-fly zone has been extended to tripoli. is that correct? guest: i'm sort of in a bubble. i'm not sure. it has been days that there have been no flights in and out of tripoli or anywhere in the country. what does it mean to say that the no-fly zone has been extended? i have a feeling it is just sort of a political way of describing the situation in o
CSPAN
Mar 18, 2011 7:00am EDT
-- gaddafi. it suggests in the newspapers the airplanes may well immediately. "the chicago tribune" tells us american officials expect the united states would do the heavy lifting in a campaign that may include air strikes on tanks and artillery and at the same time u.s. officials cautioned the united states and allies intend to limit their involvement, allowing for no troops on the ground. the libyan story, japan story, and the budget situation at home. the continuing resolution that punts the decisions on the budget until the beginning of april. they left town this friday morning. we would like to hear which of these stories are most important to you this friday morning. let's begin with a call from san antonio, texas. robert on the independent line. caller: am i on? good morning. i wanted to say that the most significant story i believe is what is happening in the middle east with all of these uprisings and the people wanting democracy. i find it very significant, even though all of these things are happening across the world like japan, i find this very significant because even though am
CSPAN
Mar 17, 2011 7:00am EDT
money from being used to directly fund or purchase content from npr. the house will consider the measure under a closed rule. the rule would block any attempts to amend the bill. what do you think about this effort we have read so much about? brentwood, california, cliff, republican. you are up first. caller: this video that is 45 minutes long shows the director discussing with the donors how they could take the $5 million and keep it secret from auditors. it's really clear that npr is a liberal outfit, which is fine, but why should all americans subsidize it? especially in times like these, when we cannot afford medicare. the obama care cut medicare by $500 billion. we cannot afford that in times like these. the director also says that, without that kind of the nation -- donation, stations would go dark. npr cannot sustain itself in the market. it is a money-loser. host: thank you for calling. let's hear from bernice, a democrat. caller: we should fund and pr. -- npr. host: what you think of the gop- led effort to defund? what you think this is all about? caller: this is just political.
CSPAN
Mar 10, 2011 7:00am EST
headline in yesterday's "washington times." "senators hail defeat of rival spending cuts." joining us on the line is david hawkins. what happened yesterday in the senate and what happens next? guest: yesterday in the senate, the senate was asked to vote on two competing versions of legislation to cut money for the rest of this fiscal year, which only last until september 30. the republican option, the bill the house passed two weeks ago, that would cut $60 billion below current spending levels -- the democratic alternative was to cut about 1/10 of that amount. both of them failed spectacularly. each of the needed 60 votes, because, as your watchers know, most anything in the senate needs 60 votes to go anywhere. every republican voted against the democratic plan and so did 10 centrist democrats. every democrat voted against the republican plan and so did three of the most conservative republicans, the tea party favorites, demint, rand paul, and the new senator, lee from utah. this was so predicted. it was predicted that both of these alternatives would fail. they represent the hands o
CSPAN
Mar 13, 2011 7:00am EDT
your calls in a couple of minutes. jonathan sobel is online with us. paint a picture of japan. caller: i am supposed to -- i suppose that we will start with the nuclear situation. they have started to pour see water on the nuclear reactors to cool them down. remember, there was a dramatic explosion yesterday from hydrogen building up in the first one. >> talk to us about the concerns -- host: talk to us about the concerns. caller: we are getting regular updates from outside the plant. they are peaking as the authorities from inside the vent steam from inside the reactor. it is not clear how long they're staying at elevated levels. expertsen talking to that say that exposure to those highest levels in short. it may not cause serious effects to humans. at the same time there is not much information on radiation levels. to the north of they are detecting elevated levels. japanese media are reporting that there are perhaps 160 people in the media imbecility -- vicinity of the plants that are expected to have some level of radiation poisoning. but it is not clear if they are showing system
CSPAN
Mar 12, 2011 7:00am EST
. again that courtesy there from al-jazeera this morning of the plant. now, in related use, there are also reports this morning as far as those who are affected, 1,300 dead, 2,000 people in emergency shelters. as you see there, people waiting on top of buildings to be rescued by various means this morning. this courtesy of n.h.k. and also there and 50,000 emergency crews. we registered in finding out from you in our first 45 minutes this morning if what we were seeing in japan, not only with the disaster, but also in the reaction from the japanese authorities there, could prove threatening for the united states was preparing for a national -- natural disaster here. if you like to comment, here is how you can do so this morning. here are the numbers at the bottom of your screen. if you want to e-mail your thoughts this morning, here is the address. you can also reach us on twitter. there are some pictures this morning. you have seen some of the videos from the headline. this is the "daily news" out of new york. also from the new york post, and the "financial times" with a picture about
CSPAN
Mar 4, 2011 7:00am EST
"wall street journal" is this from june to meet -- jim dement. laura meckler is joining us live on the phone. she covers the white house for the "wall street journal." we had a very brief statement from vice president biden that it was a good conversation and that it will continue. at what happens next? guest: they will continue to meet. and yesterday was the top level members of congress as well as the white house chief of staff and budget director. what happens next is an agreement to hold a couple of test votes in the senate. the agreement is to put forth a democrat plan and a republican plan and showed that neither has enough to pass the senate. they hope to show that compromise is needed. the problem in trying to negotiate an agreement, it is not just negotiating the agreement, but selling it to the members. host: they're going to keep the government running through march 18, and that was the departed the process. where are the budget cuts coming from? guest: the white house said yesterday that they could do another $6.5 billion. at first they were not willing to say where that wo
CSPAN
Mar 20, 2011 7:00am EDT
from using air power against the weaker global forces was betrayed by pentagon and nato officials as under french and british leadership. but the pentagon said that american forces were conducting a campaign to knock out libya's air defense systems, firing more than 100 tomahawk missiles. caller: long time since i talked to you. i think this is the camle'el's nose under the door and mr. obama's fine dish which to get us into africa. -- fondest wish to get us into africa. no good news for taxpayers. host: u.s. and allies a striking at libya, that is the headline. richard is a joining us from massachusetts. good morning. i think this is totally ridiculous. when they talk about gaddafi killing his own people and how we are such nice people ourselves, yet we let babies be butchered and their mothers womb and we call ourselves good, nice people. we are a bunch of hypocrites. whatever they do to us, we deserved. host: from twitter, how do we win in libya? we're supposed to believe that we protect other protesters? you can join the conversation at twitter.com/cspanwj. 202-737-0002 is our li
CSPAN
Mar 21, 2011 7:00am EDT
numbers to call are at the bottom of your screen. you can e-mail us and find us on twitter. you can send us a note and we will read it on the air this morning. take a look at the analysis in the "new york times." here is a report. that is what we are going off of this morning. we are looking into what must be done. one newspaper says, now what? let's go to our democrats line in district heights, md.. caller: be good morning. -- good morning. i think the united states should stop acting like a gang of going into every neighborhood starting trouble. this leader is like a scared cat back in a corner. he can wreak havoc if he knows he will be murdered. when i saw a admiral mullen on c-span yesterday, he was lying. the bottom line is this. if you destroy the infrastructure -- italy has allowed the influence on north africa and what has been going on there. let the other allies do something for a change. it is going to be hell to pay if we get too involved. we cannot go all over the globe acting like a teenager with their parents' club. host: let's go to wendy in fort lauderdale, florida.
CSPAN
Mar 14, 2011 7:00am EDT
power plants in japan right now and then think it calls on us here in the u.s. not to stop building nuclear power plants but to put the brakes on right now until we understand the ramifications of what happened in japan. a host: democrat from morocco, maryland. what do you think about a temporary halt on u.s. nuclear plants? guest: -- caller: chernobyl still leaking. the american people have the right to make that decision. not the politicians. if you see what is going on in japan, we do not know what will happen -- god bless them. however, i will say take your time and be very mindful of the ramifications. and also i would like to quickly say, good morning to you and good morning to sheila jackson lee and my hero, pj crowley who resigned -- free bradley manning. host: nuclear policy will be on the table at a hearing of -- when stephen chu, energy secretary, and the chairman of the nuclear regulatory commission are expected to testify. the ranking democrat, is skeptical of nuclear power, who nonetheless supported expansion as part of the house energy and crime legislation he co- spo
CSPAN
Mar 6, 2011 7:00am EST
lines are live for democrats, republicans, independents. we also have twitter, you can send us twitter comments. michael morris says -- moore says " a sleeping giant" is awake. public-school employees and public workers are battling wisconsin gov. scott walker. we will have more with randi weingarten, the president of the american federation of teachers. from the detroit free press, " when test scores do not add up." the question is whether or not there is cheating going on in detroit's public schools. "big bucks at risk -- counties and states over how to teach." officials have been sparring with increased intensity over to as the best ideas for educating students -- over who has the best ideas for educating students. that is our question -- who is best to teach your children? should it be the federal government, the department of education, state, local -- who is best in your opinion? jerry from columbus, ohio. caller: thank you for taking my call. i went to school in the 30's and '40's. i am in my 80's right now. the trouble with the public is that they did not realize it tak
CSPAN
Mar 19, 2011 7:00am EDT
is not going to deploy ground troops into libya. we are not going to use force to go beyond a well-defined goal, specifically the protection of civilians in libya. in the coming weeks, we will continue to help the libyan people with humanitarian and economic assistance, so they can fulfill their aspirations peacefully. host: we want to get your thoughts this morning. here are the numbers. you can also contribute electronically this morning. you can send us an e-mail. or you can reach out to us on twitter. this is the "financial times" this morning. it is showing more about the story. to your thoughts this morning on the u.s. effort. red ford, michigan, our first caller on the republican line. caller: we should honor the no- fly zone. we should honor the no-fly zone, because i think it would cause problems if we did not do anything. host: are you comfortable with the level of commitment we have made so far, or would you call for more? caller: i do not want to get involved. we have our fingers in too many pots are ready. host: dayton, ohio, democrats line. caller: we invaded iraq eig
CSPAN
Mar 1, 2011 7:00am EST
. caller: it gave me some new hope. i'm holding on to see if it gives us anything better. host: william joins us on the line for independents. good morning. caller: good morning. i agree with the gentleman who talked about the lawmakers that are responsible. the president, the senate, and the house. if they do not vote to enact the law, of course we will be back where we were. i would blame the 2/3. they are spending too much money on things that are not enumerated powers. the first would be the epa. somebody tell me where you can find that in article one, section eight of the constitution. that's the thing that most concerns me. they are spending like a bunch of drunken sailors. host: "the washington post" also look set to the american public would hold responsible if there were to be a government shutdown. it says americans are divided over who would be to blame for a potential government shutdown. host: mike is in elizabethtown, ky on the line for democrats. who would you blame for a government shutdown? caller: we are to be blamed. we continue to allow this system to stay i
CSPAN
Mar 24, 2011 7:00am EDT
boehner's letter from yesterday to the president. joining us on the phone is liz from "the washington post." she is in tripoli. if you cannot get us up-to-date on what has happened the last couple of hours in libya. guest: it is pretty quiet this morning. do not have much activity until the night time. last night, we did have a lot of explosions. i counted more than we have had on any previous night. and so, it does seem that the air strikes have been said -- intensified in the capital last night. host: what is it like being in tripoli right now? where are you staying? are you able to get out of the hotel? do the american forces know where the foreign correspondent's hotel is? guest: i sincerely hope american, french, and british forces know where our hotel is. i do believe that they do. they see tv networks broadcasting live from this location. we are in a hotel kind of on the edge of the city. not outside of the city. but on the edge. and sometimes we are allowed out, sometimes we are not. on sundays, inexplicably they will post guards and tell us we cannot go out at all and other d
CSPAN
Mar 28, 2011 7:00am EDT
-- host: if you have called in the last 30 days, send us a message electronically. the e-mail address is journal@c- span.org. among the items in the paper talking about u.s. and its involvement in the libyan situation is this op-ed piece by fred stevens in "the wall street journal." "bolivia mission was never about regime change -- the libyan mission was never about regime change." in this, he quotes gates. "the mission was never about regime change." the article goes on to say "does this mean the mission accomplished"? there is more in the op-ed. it says "at the end of the day this needs to be settled by the libyans themselves." host: our discussion this morning for the next 45 minutes of the program has to do with the evolving u.s. mission in libya and whether or not it involves regime change. our first call comes from mississippi on the line for democrats. you are on the "washington journal." go ahead. caller: good morning. i agree with the way the president is handling libya. we cannot have war with any country we disagree with. host: atlantic city, new jersey. ray on the line for in
CSPAN
Mar 30, 2011 7:00am EDT
greater dangers for all of us. i put that assassination attempt into the context of our greater society, and not just making a possible ronald reagan. we should pay attention to the damage that he did, not so much the damage done to him. host: a republican from pennsylvania. caller: i think ronald reagan was nothing but a fake, an actor. that was just one of his acting jobs. he was not even shot at, i do not believe. host: you do not believe he was shot at? caller: i do not think he was even harmed. he was just a movie actor. and a poor one at that. host: more from "usa today." hinkley attempt compelled the secret service to examine every aspect of its performance. these were some of the changes that were put into place after the assassination attempt on ronald reagan. we want to get your thoughts on that this money, whether gun laws or how would protect the president, or as "usa today" reports, the public outcry over the insanity defense and how that was changed after it was used for hinkley. we will continue to talk about that this point. richard norton smith is joining us on the phon
CSPAN
Mar 31, 2011 7:00am EDT
affiliate with the tea party. as always, you can send an e- mail if you want. if you want to send us a tweet, twitter.com/cspanwj. "the washington times" takes up the tea party as their headline this morning and especially in the role of the budget negotiations. host: you heard the group, tea party patriots, mentioned. they have a website. here's what they are looking for us for spending cuts from republicans. they ask their supporters to tell congress three things. you want the full $100 billion in cuts, as promised. you want $105 billion for obama care implementation cut now. you expect the courage to lead us out of the financial will washington has dug. this is from the tea party patriots. you want to get your thoughts on the tea party's influence. the alliance are on your screen. -- the lines are on your screen right now. if you are a member and you want to weigh in, too. there are reports last night -- russell berman -- tha writes about it for "hill" before we talk about that, talk about the overall tea party influence. guest: there's a big influence, especially with the freshmen
CSPAN
Mar 25, 2011 7:00am EDT
libya? the numbers to call -- send us your tweets and we will read them. coverage of the nato-u.s. relationship in libya. allied forces hit a libyan jet that ventured into the air. taking a look at "the washington post" coverage. they are starting out with "obama pressed for clarity over libya." coming from both parties in congress, as well as others, to get some sense of where the u.s. is going with this. let's get to the phones and hear what you think. lydia in maryland. democrats' line. caller: i think it is great he is turning over command of the no-fly zone to nato. he said the united states would not be in the lead and it is about time it takes responsibility. more of the gulf states are contributing airplanes to the no-fly zone. i saw last night that night thatqatar, united arab emirates, contributing planes to the no- fly zone. that is great. they can do that. since the united states does not taking the lead and attacking another muslim country. host: janet in new york on the independent line. good morning. caller: i would like to say that i am glad that our president term
CSPAN
Mar 16, 2011 7:00am EDT
-mail us and we are on twitter. we will read your tweets on the air this morning. this is the story in "the washington post" yesterday looking at the war in afghanistan. "the afghan war is not worth fighting, most in the u.s. say." host: what do you think? is the war in afghanistan worth fighting? do you think it has been productive so far? if you think this time for a pullout? fairfax, virginia. jack joins us. good morning. caller: good morning. i had a comment about the war and one other comment. i do not think it is worth fighting. we're spending $2 billion per week and countless companies are just taking this money. it cannot be accounted for. that is why i think the republicans are all four wards because the money goes overseas and it cannot be accounted for. if it stays in the country under social programs, at least there's some accountability. my other point, you know, these guys like eric cantor and paul ryan and boehner -- they are all under federal employees health benefits. they pay $430 per month. the very taxpayers they are going after and cutting health care, they subsidi
CSPAN
Mar 27, 2011 7:00am EDT
york times, there's a story on the event recovered live on c-span yesterday. this is prompting us to ask republicans to define what will define the gop primary. with that, republicans only -- 202 the area code. our first call is from ardmore, oklahoma. caller: good morning. i believe the people of united states, their first concern is the economy. another thing we have to be concerned about is full disclosure. in this administration under obama, there has never been such hit in things. he spends money like going to brazil and giving out this money. they owe us tons of money. under the clinton years clinton lent them $100 billion. it goes on and on and on. when did congress lose the power of the purse? the other thing which is the greatest thing in our nation is we have to come back to god and of this nation repents if my people called by my name on themselves in prayer and turn from their wicked ways, i will hear from heaven and i will heal their land. if this nation wanted, we can start prayer meetings all over this country. god will turn things around otherwise we may wind up wi
CSPAN
Mar 26, 2011 7:00am EDT
libya on monday? caller: if he's the intelligent president i want him to tell us why we're going into libya and not the sudan and not bahrain. i think it's un:tionable to open another front when we're spending millions a day on iraq and afghanistan and 50% of our revenue goes to defense. host: the sudan would be another front, too. caller: we could help solve that with humanitarian aid. with the cost in fossil fuels, if we paid the actual cost that fossil fuels cost us, we would pay $12.50 a gallon for gasoline because these wars are about oil. what i'm saying is if he's the innocent president then why doesn't he talk about -- intelligent president why doesn't he talk about the bahrain or sudan? he's doing it for oil just like the last -- just like the iraq war. and i think we need to question why we're doing these things. if we want to help people resisting and trying for democracy, let's do that. but let's not be hidden about our agenda. let's be explicit about what the reason is. host: let's move on to ed in columbus, ohio on our line for independents. what should the presiden
CSPAN
Mar 5, 2011 7:00am EST
about that. if you have called us in the last 30 days, the day would be the day to send us a message electronically. you can send us the e-mail or you can contact us through twitter. once we make the connection, make sure to turn york television set down or your radio. more of the article in this morning's "wall street journal," under the heading "states rethink drug laws." a growing number of states are renouncing some of the long prison sentences that have been a hallmark of the war on drugs and instead focusing on treatment which once skeptical lawmakers say is proving to be less expensive and more effective. kentucky became the first -- course we want to get your thoughts about states rethinking drug sentencing laws. hello? this is jane. jane in tennessee, go ahead. caller: this is overdue. they should reconstruct the families that have been torn by all of these draconian laws. we don't have a justice system, we have a system of punitive action against the families, against these people. we have got to do something about the people who are unjustly convicted every year. these fam
CSPAN
Mar 2, 2011 7:00am EST
gulf? what other allies are prepared to work with us in some of these things? host: military intervention in libya is the question this morning. for democrats, 202-737-0002. for republicans, 202-737-0001. for independents, 202-628-0205. start dialing now, we want to know what you have to say about this. you can send us an e-mail, journal@c-span.org, or eight twitter message, twitter.com/c- spanwj. the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff told reporters that they had no confirmed reports that will mark khaddafi -- that khaddafi had used airstrikes. host: so, that is the situation according to "the washington post" this morning. there has been no call for an intervention yet. on their front page they have this headline, "some are calling for foreign intervention." host: "the new york times" says this -- host: we want to know your thoughts on this this morning. jake, democratic line, what do you think? caller: the u.s. should not interfere in the affairs of other countries without their expression. host: bobby, your thoughts? caller: absolutely not. we have had our own brave me
CSPAN
Mar 29, 2011 7:00am EDT
last week president obama informed the congress of his decision to use troops in libya. david golove will discuss the implications of >> it is true that america cannot use our military wherever repression occurs. given the cost and risks of intervention, we must always measure our interests against the need for action. that cannot be an argument for never acting on behalf of what is right. ♪ host: president obama on monday night on a speech that was not from the oval office. president obama addressed the nation from the national defense university in washington in a speech that lasted 25 minutes in front of a largely military audience that remained quiet for much of the address. the president said that when our interests and values are at stake, we have a responsibility to act. we want to hear from all of you this morning and get your thoughts from the president's speech last night. "the washington post" headline this morning phrases it like that. the president went on to say that even though america's safety was not at risk when it came to libya, we did have to act against
CSPAN
Mar 8, 2011 7:00am EST
situations in states. and then theric lichtblau will join us. host: lots of reaction coming in from capitol hill and elsewhere to the president's executive order. the headline say obama to allow indefinite detention at guantanamo bay. the u.s. plans to resume trial by military commission. want to get your reaction to the news. here are the numbers to call. the front page news in a lot up the papers. here is "the washington post" version. we will read more from the headlines here and take your calls. a lot of reaction in the paper to the of guantanamo bay decision, but we will spend a couple of minutes on the phone first to get some new information, if we can come on the situation in libya. a reporterl soschem, from "the associated press." the new headline suggests that muammar gaddafi is looking for some sort of deal. is that correct or just p.r. from the other side, if you can call it that? guest: it is hard to say. what we're hearing is second- hand reports. apparently, according to the era of new stations, there have been offers to begin negotiations of some kind. apparently one of the c
CSPAN
Mar 3, 2011 7:00am EST
. host: we missed you. thought something maybe happens. caller: i told -- they would be worried about us because we have not called in the last three or four months. worried. host: good to hear your voice. you sound great. what do you think about the supreme court decision? caller: i am upset. i am ex-navy and it bothers me to see something like that. it really does. host: have you had a good winter? caller: terrible. the worst -- we have been here 15 years, peter, and the worst winter we have ever had. host: welcome to the real world. [laughter] glad to hear from you guys. thank you for calling in and telling us your opinion about the supreme court. raleigh, north carolina. bill on the republican line. caller: i support the decision. it is upholding free speech. however, i am rather disappointed that president obama, since he decides to get down and the mud over certain issues of his liking, he will not come to the defense of the military young men and women in giving their lives to this country so people can have free speech. i would like to see him taking -- make a statement to the pe
CSPAN
Mar 11, 2011 7:00am EST
committee members kervin yoder will join us. it dealt lowey will give us your perspective on farm spending. she is the ranking member on host: good morning on this friday, march 11, 2011. the world is awakening today to a natural disaster of enormous magnitude, the largest earthquake in japanese history, 8.9 on the richter scale. what you're looking at now is the tsunami that was caused by the earthquake as it crashes into japanese coastal communities. residents in coastal areas from ordered tooguam were evacuate. hawaii and the united states is now on a tsunami warning and it is possible that waves could reach the shores in the next hour. we are telling you this because it will be dominating the news today and over the weekend. for our question this morning, we will turn to domestic events. in wisconsin yesterday, the assembly passed the scaled-down version of its budget act, which stripped out the union areas of the legislation and passed the legislation, sending it on to the governor for his signature. the governor says he is expected to sign that as soon as the law will permit
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